Monday, November 16, 2015

Motivational Monday


AT THIS POINT IN A STORY, 
VOICES IN OUR HEADS WHISPER
THAT WE'RE WASTING TIME.
WHY ARE WE SPENDING HOURS ALONE
IN FRONT OF A KEYBOARD?
HOW DOES THIS HELP A HURTING PLANET?

DON'T LISTEN.
STORYTELLING IS A POWERFUL ACT.
STORIES HAVE THE MYSTERIOUS POWER
TO WIDEN HEARTS AND CHANGE MINDS.
THE HUMAN PSYCHE IS NEVER QUITE THE SAME
AFTER RECEIVING A STORY.
(Mitali Perkins)

Stories matter.

All of our stories matter.

Don't. Give. Up.

30 comments:

  1. I'm feeling pretty motivated this week, perhaps because I know I won't get much done next week when we have so many family things going on.

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    1. Get as much as you can done now, so you can enjoy next week free and clear. :)

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  2. Amen! We could especially think these things now with the horrible things that are happening but we have to remember our stories do matter and can make a difference to at least one person.

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    1. We never really know when or where or how our words, our stories will make a difference to someone, whether it entertains them, distracts them, teaches them, makes them laugh etc.

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  3. Mitali is far more eloquent than me. I often stare at the screen and wonder if my time would be better spent scrubbing a toilet. But those are wise words she came up with, so I will heed them.

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    1. I often thing about all the other things I could be doing that are more practical, more tangible. But then when I'm doing those things, I think about stories and characters and want to be writing, not folding laundry! :)

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  4. Needed to hear this right now, Madeline. I've got the writing blues.

    Thanks for the encouragement. <3

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    1. You're very welcome! And hang in there - those writing blues will dissipate eventually, hopefully sooner rather than later.

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  5. I think this is why in olden days, storytellers around a campfire were such a strong influence on their community. Your brain tells you it's just a story, but your heart knows it's so much more.

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    1. Great image, Maria. I think we embrace stories with our whole beings - mind, heart, body, etc. :)

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  6. I love this post. I often wonder what in the world I'm doing here at the keyboard, especially when I know I'm not working hard enough to market the fiction I have managed to put on Amazon.

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    1. I try really hard to separate the craft from the business. Not always easy to do, though.

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  7. Hi Madeline, I agree about stories having a mysterious power and effect on people. They can also encourage and inspire people.

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  8. Excellent quote. Stories help people connect to each other. Without them, existence would be dull.

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  9. =) That's exactly what I needed to hear today. Maybe it's the sleep deprivation speaking, but the last couple days have been brutal.

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  10. LOVE this! Great motivation for any time of the week. :)

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  11. Beautiful and powerful words. I often feel like my stories don't matter. But I can't help but write them. Thank you for the motivation.

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